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STEPHANIE LEE

Stephanie Lee is a wife and mama to 4 precious children. She and her husband, Brian, have lived in College Station since they graduated from Texas A&M in the late 90s and have a deep burden for this community to know and follow Jesus. This has led them to serve or come alongside various ministries in the area, pursuing holiness through deep relationships and discipleship. She has served on the club team of Jesus Said Love, founded and directed Talitha Dance Company, leads a dance ministry for young girls called Talitha Cumi, and is the Founder and Director of You Are Conference. Stephanie has been honored to share her story of radical surrender and transformation through Jesus at various women’s events across Texas. Stephanie is a spiritual mother to many and has a deep desire to invest in women, empowering them to live fully in all God has called them to.


JENNIFER CUMBERBATCH

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Jennifer Cumberbatch, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a graduate of Brown University, has had the privilege to minister in the Central Texas region and beyond for over thirty years. Over these years, she has used her multiple gifts and assorted modalities to express the depth and breadth of God’s unconditional love to many. Since 1979, Jennifer and her husband have resided in Austin, Texas, where they serve in leadership at their church, Agape Christian Ministries. In addition to her work in vocational ministry, she has worked as a life-skills coach/job trainer for inner city you in Los Angelos, California, a System Engineer for IBM in Austin, Texas, and the Business Calendar Editor for the Austin American Statesman. She has given her time as a volunteer to the PTA at three Austin schools, African American Arts Company, Pro Arts Collective, and the African American Girls and Women Conferences. She has served as the board of directors for the Foundation for the Homeless and River City Youth Foundation and as a member of the board of directors for Caritas. Along with various creative projects, Jennifer is currently completing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Austin’s Seminary of the Southwest. She is a mother of four and has been married for 38 years to her husband, Ashton. Jennifer is also the creator and founder of Cumberbatch Confections.  Ask her about her Cumberbatch's Sweet Tater Torte!


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VICKY PORTERFIELD

Vicky graduated from the University of Texas and taught high school math before she became involved in leading Bible studies, women’s groups, home groups and youth. She has a passion to further God’s kingdom through prayer, service and teaching. She has had several opportunities to help leaders and individuals develop prayer ministries in their various spheres. Currently she is the International Prayer Director of Davar Partners Int’l, which serves the oral learners of the nations who have no audio scriptures. Vicky has led prayer teams for conferences in the U. S., Argentina, Switzerland and Germany and had the opportunity to teach in South Korea, Romania, Latvia, Argentina, Burundi, Hungary, Jordan, Egypt and Kenya. She also serves as the Director of Intercession for the college-age Passion Conferences with Louie Giglio. For 3 decades, Vicky has been involved with the city-wide prayer movement in Austin. 

Her many years as a realtor give Vicky a business perspective as well. After living 5 years in Tiberias, Israel where her husband worked, they have returned to their hometown of Austin, Texas. Vicky and her husband of 40 years, John, a CPA, have two married daughters in their 30s and 3 beautiful smart grandchildren.


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KAT ARMSTRONG

Kat Armstrong is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Polished, an outreach ministry that gathers young professional women to navigate career and explore faith together. Since Polished's founding in 2008, Polished has reached over 12,000+ young professional women with the gospel in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston and North Dallas through monthly luncheons and the Polished Podcast. Kat is a sought after Bible teacher and speaker.

Kat graduated with her undergraduate degree in business from Texas A&M before obtaining a masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2011. Today, Kat and her husband, Aaron reside in Dallas, TX with their four-year old son Caleb and attend Dallas Bible church where Aaron serves as the lead pastor. 


KARI BREED

Kari Breed lives in Raleigh, NC where her husband, Danny, and 3 precious children, enjoy the changing seasons as well as being close to both the coast and the mountains! After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001 (whoop!) with her BS in Early Childhood Education and English, she moved to NC where she spent the next 3 years working towards her Masters of Divinity in Women's Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kari, along with her husband Danny, co-founded Oak City Academy, a PK-6th grade Classical Christian Montessori school that caters to the low income community, now in its 7th year.

Kari loves most being identified as a worshiper. As a momma, community leader, discipler, and gifted speaker, Kari shares her dynamic teaching gift with power and urgency. The topics she is most passionate about include finding our identity in Christ, Father God's heart, mothering, and any opportunity to teach the Scriptures exegetically (phrase by phrase)! As a pioneer herself, she zealously seeks to minister to and help cultivate an atmosphere of refreshment and healing to others, particularly thriving in pastoring women of influence.


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ASHLEY BRUSENHAN

Ashley graduated with a marketing degree from Texas A&M, where the Lord began to burden her heart for college women’s ministry. Even as a student, she began an annual women's gathering called Intimacy that God used to impact thousands of lives and connect many women across Bryan/College Station. After graduating, God opened the door for her to join the staff of Central Baptist in College Station as their full-time College Women’s Director. She was honored to serve in that role for 6 years when God began to give her vision and burden for New York City, a place deeply in need of the gospel and the believers that carry it. She recently moved from College Station, her home of ten years, in faith with no concrete plans for a job, only to see God prove Himself faithful over and over. A week after her move, she accepted a job with the New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC), as the Manager of Leadership Performance. The NYCLC serves local and global church, non-profit, and marketplace leaders through leadership training and events. Most recently she stepped into a new role, the manager of the Advance Internship Experience for the NYCLC, where she is developing a new 9 month internship program. Along with her role at the NYCLC, she is grateful to continue serving as the Administrative Director for You Are Conference, remotely. She has a deep passion to see women know Christ intimately, use their gifts in the church and to connect them with women of all generations.


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MEREDITH KING

Meredith King fills many roles, including mother, executive director, speaker, blogger, and organization development strategist. She and her husband started a nonprofit organization in 2009 dedicated to helping youth and adults transition out of poverty. True To Life Ministries has impacted thousands of lives and has become a resource for organizations across the country. As a leadership consultant, Meredith has also helped hundreds of leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors build high-performing, self-managing teams. Meredith is a sought after Bible teacher and is passionate about bringing God’s truth to life through the humor and practicality of everyday experiences.

Meredith married her high school sweetheart, David, and after more than a decade of marriage, life is full and energetic thanks to two precious daughters and a lot of coffee. Meredith, David, Abigail, and Ella live in Lake Jackson, Texas where David serves as the Worship Pastor of Brazos Pointe Fellowship. 


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CARMEN MAXWELL

Carmen Maxwell is happily married to Steve Maxwell. She came to know Christ at the age of 25. Carmen has been the assistant director for Save Our Streets Ministries, under the direction of JJ Ramirez for the past 25years. S.O.S. is a ministry that is strategically located where 65% of the crime rate happens in our city to become a light house and the answer to the problems in our city. S.O.S. reaches out to at risk youth and their families in Bryan College Station and surrounding cities. Carmen disciples, mentors, and oversees the S.O.S. women’s ministry designed for inner-city women in our community. Carmen has led and overseen the S.O.S. teen girl’s ministry that consist of inner-city girls between the ages of 12-18 on a weekly basis. Carmen took in troubled girls into her home for 12 years. S.O.S. is committed to becoming an answer to the problems of our inner-city, therefore Carmen has lead and organized, lock-ins, sexual abuse retreats, women and teen girls retreats, sexual integrity summer programs, job training, character, edict, leadership training classes, and “SOS Angel tree” to provide Christmas gifts to inner-city youth. She has also created cross cultural-training, and an intense discipleship program to prepare volunteers for inner-city ministry. S.O.S. Partners with over 50 churches, law enforcements agencies, juvenile systems, schools and over 300 volunteers in our community. Our S.O.S. mission is to bring the love of Jesus to the streets of Bryan and College Station and beyond. By using God’s Word to call His sons and daughters back to the Fathers heart to be rescued restored and released into their true identity, and God given purpose in life.